Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What type of software does your engineering department use for 3D modeling and what file type do you prefer?
A: We use Siemens NX (Unigraphics) software for 3D modeling. For 3D models, we prefer the following file types: Parasolid (.x_t), Step (.stp or .step), and NX native (.prt). We also have the capability of opening native Solidworks files. For 2D files, we prefer either (.dwg) or (.dxf) file types.
Q: Who owns the 3D models once the engineering is complete?
A: The customer owns the 3D models. We will keep a library of past jobs for ease of reference, but ultimately the customer owns the final 3D models and is responsible for archiving and keeping current their 3D model.
Q: Who is responsible for determining the shrink factor for plastic when designing and building a plastic injection mold?
A: The customer is responsible for determining the shrink factor. Vector Tool will advise if a customer is unsure, but the customer bears all responsibility for determining the correct shrink factor.
Q: Who fills out the mold specification sheet for quoting a new mold build?
A: We prefer the customer to supply the specification sheet so that they get exactly what they ask for. If a customer is unsure, we will be glad to assist in filling out the specification sheet. This document is used not only in quoting, but also in design and manufacturing a new mold.
Q: What size of mold are you capable of building?
A: We can build molds up to the size of a mold that would fit into a 600-ton press. There are several factors that go into dictating how big of a mold we can build, so for any specific application please contact us for further information. This also applies to mold revisions or repairs.